Angel and evangelist icons fetch 30K at Philip Weiss auction


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Pair of Russian icons was top seller at Weiss auction. Photos courtesy Philip Weiss Auctions.

OCEANSIDE, N.Y. – A pair of oil on wood Russian icons, each measuring 41 inches by 15 inches and with raised copper riza, sold for $30,510 at a weekend multi-estate sale held April 24-25 by Philip Weiss Auctions. One of the icons depicted an evangelist holding a book; the other was of an angel.

“We were very happy with the results of this sale. It actually exceeded our expectations,” said Philip Weiss of Philip Weiss Auctions. “In all, around 700 lots changed hands.”

The auction featured fresh-to-the-market estate material in an array of categories. The Friday session was loaded with decorative arts, original oil paintings and other works of art (many by Russian painters), and furniture from a Park Avenue estate. The Saturday session had antique advertising items (many of them tin and porcelain), coin-ops, pedal cars, trolley posters, battery-ops and wind-up toys.

The pair of Russian icons was the top lot of the sale. Additional highlights follow. All prices quoted include a 13 percent buyer’s premium.

A bronze relief of Jules Bastien Le Page, done by the Irish-born American artist Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907), achieved $23,730. The portrait was mounted on an oak back support. Executed around 1900, the sculpture measured 14 1/2 inches by 10 1/2 inches. It was a new world auction record for the work. Saint-Gaudens was one of the more famous American sculptors of the Gilded Age.

A signed abstract oil on canvas work by the Russian-born American artist Abraham Manievich (1881-1942) realized $13,560. The Early Period painting measured 21 1/2 inches by 25 1/2 inches (25 1/2 inches by 29 1/2 inches framed), signed lower left. Manievich was a Post-Impressionist landscape artist. He painted Russian village and country scenes in a bold Fauvist style.

An original oil on canvas rendering of two gypsies, executed in Paris around 1900 by Ludwig Brucke Lajos (55 inches by 38 inches, signed lower right), gaveled for $9,605. A Brussels Verdu tapestry, made in the 17th century by an unknown artisan, climbed to $8,190. The tapestry, over 13 feet long, featured classical figures in front of a fountain with classical facade at right.

A large oil on canvas painting by British-born American artist William Arber Brown Kirkpatrick soared to $7,345. The portrait of a woman holding a vase, probably executed in the 1920s, was signed in the lower right corner and measured 38 inches by 41 inches (framed). Kirkpatrick was a Boston artist who gained early fame for his calendar paintings, some depicting World War I soldiers.

A pair of Art Nouveau figural andirons went for $5,650. An antique Greco-Roman style male bust from the collection of antiquities aficionado Mathias Komor wowed the crowd for $4,630. The bust, in remarkable condition was an authentic stone relic from an early Roman period.

An Art Deco bronze depiction of a nude with a falcon, titled Charmion, by American artist Allan Clark, hammered for $4,630. The work, done circa 1940s-1950s, stood 15 inches tall. A bronze statue titled Le Faucher by Canadian painter-sculptor Mark-Aurele de Foys Suzor-Cote (1869-1937), brought $4,520. The piece stood 11 inches high and was dated 1907.

Philip Weiss Auctions is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, estate or collection, call 516-594-0731, or e-mail phil@prwauctions.com. To learn more about the company and its calendar of upcoming auctions and to view color images, log on to www.prwauctions.com.

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This bronze relief of Jules Bastien Le Page, by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, achieved a high bid of $23,730.

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